Just Call My Name

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The happily-ever-after of Holly Goldberg Sloan's acclaimed debut, I'll Be There, is turned on its head in this riveting, emotional sequel about friends, enemies, and how those roles can shift in a matter of moments.

Emily Bell has it all. She's in love with a boy named Sam Border, and his little brother has become part of her family. This summer is destined to be the best time of their lives--until a charismatic new girl in town sets her sights on Sam. Now Emily finds herself ...

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Overview

The happily-ever-after of Holly Goldberg Sloan's acclaimed debut, I'll Be There, is turned on its head in this riveting, emotional sequel about friends, enemies, and how those roles can shift in a matter of moments.

Emily Bell has it all. She's in love with a boy named Sam Border, and his little brother has become part of her family. This summer is destined to be the best time of their lives--until a charismatic new girl in town sets her sights on Sam. Now Emily finds herself questioning the loyalty of the person she thought she could trust most.

But the biggest threat to her happiness is someone she never saw coming. Sam's criminally insane father, whom everyone thought they'd finally left behind, is planning a jailbreak. And he knows exactly where to find Emily and his sons when he escapes...and takes his revenge.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Immensely satisfying, heartfelt, and lyrical.... A truly compelling novel.... Sloan succeeds in skillfully combining the tenderness of young love, various distinct voices, and fast-paced action."—School Library Journal

"Strong dialogue and genuine emotional concern...make this a heart-warming novel.... Definitely a book worth the read."—VOYA

"Lively, tender, and satisfying."—The Horn Book

"[Delivers] an ultimately hopeful message about how friendships and families can form. Sure to be savored by fans of the first installment."—Kirkus Reviews

"Destinies collide in Sloan's thrilling sequel to her heart-wrenching I'll Be There. The fast-paced plot, complex story lines, and compelling characters grab readers from the get-go."—Booklist

The Horn Book
* "[A] life-affirming exploration of the subtleties of love, compassion, and relationships....Like the song it was named for, this book is hard to get out of your head."
Booklist
"Sam and Riddle are wonderfully appealing characters that readers will root for....A highly suspenseful read with a dynamic, cinematic quality that keeps the pages turning to the satisfying conclusion."
Matthew Quick
"Holly Goldberg Sloan crushed my heart, accelerated its beat, and then lit my chest aflame. I'll Be There reminds us that empathy is an extremely powerful force, and perhaps our most beautiful."
Gayle Forman
"Heartbreaking, suspenseful, life-affirming, magical--and yet unlike anything I've ever read."
Natalie Standiford
"A fascinating glimpse of life at the very edge of society: thrilling, romantic, and so suspenseful I had to peek at the end. Sam and Riddle are two of the most compelling and original characters to come along in ages."
Sara Zarr
"The fine but sturdy threads of connection in this story are woven into an intricate web of people, places, time, and love, holding Sam and Riddle's world together, as they do all of ours."
Matt de la Pena
"Sloan creates an entire world here--inhabited by fascinating characters, overflowing with connection, hope, humor and affection. A poignant love story on many different levels."
A.S. King
"A phenomenal hold-your-breath read. Sloan has created a heart-thumping adventure out of love, loyalty, brotherhood and tragedy and has given readers a touching, unforgettable journey."
starred review SLJ
* "Any reader who has ever questioned whether even the smallest gesture of kindness can make a difference will appreciate this book....This riveting story will keep readers interested and guessing until the end."
From the Publisher
Praise for Just Call My Name:"Immensely satisfying, heartfelt, and lyrical.... A truly compelling novel.... Sloan succeeds in skillfully combining the tenderness of young love, various distinct voices, and fast-paced action."—School Library Journal

"Strong dialogue and genuine emotional concern...make this a heart-warming novel.... Definitely a book worth the read."—VOYA

"Lively, tender, and satisfying."—The Horn Book

"[Delivers] an ultimately hopeful message about how friendships and families can form. Sure to be savored by fans of the first installment."—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for I'll Be There:
A 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
A 2011 Los Angeles Public Library Best of YA Book
A 2011 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
A Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award Nominee
A South Dakota Young Adult Reading Program Book
A Connecticut Teen Nutmeg Award Nominee
A Washington Evergreen YA Book Award Nominee
A Missouri Gateway Award Nominee
A Holland Golden List Award Winner

* "[A] life-affirming exploration of the subtleties of love, compassion, and relationships....Like the song it was named for, this book is hard to get out of your head."—The Horn Book, starred review

* "Any reader who has ever questioned whether even the smallest gesture of kindness can make a difference will appreciate this book....This riveting story will keep readers interested and guessing until the end."—SLJ, starred review

* "Sloan builds characters rich with depth and realism....A terrific read, quick to capture the audience, this book will make readers sing the melody in their hearts."—VOYA, starred review

Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
Brothers Sam and Riddle have tried as best they can to move past their nightmare existence of ten years of living on the road with their twisted father. With their father locked away in jail, they are safe in a small Oregon town living with the Bell family. Sam could not be more thankful to his girlfriend, Emily Bell, and her family for all that they have been through in order to rescue his little brother and him; but he cannot shake the feeling that at any moment everything could crumble around him. For now, however, he is content to do his best to work at his job, take classes, and be the best boyfriend that he can. Emily, for her part feels like she finally has it all, now that Sam is safe. She is ready for the best summer ever, blissfully unaware that Sam has every right to doubt their security. With the arrival of a new girl in town that threatens their relationship and makes Emily question everything; no one is prepared when Sam’s father escapes from jail with one thought on his mind: revenge. Written in chapters that alternate views, this story gives an inside look at the multiple perspectives within the story. Much like the first book, I’ll Be There, it is a tale of friendship, love, and betrayal that will hook the reader from the very first chapter. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta; Ages 12 up.
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Juli Henley
Just Call My Name is an intriguing read that mixes the believable with just enough crazy to keep the reader interested. The characters are likeable with a very clear line between good and evil. Strong dialogue and genuine emotional concern for the welfare of others makes this a heart-warming novel. While the book moves at a quick pace with forbearance looming on the next page, the backstories for Sam and Riddle are too much to be covered in this novel. Reading the companion novel, I’ll Be There (Little, Brown, 2011/Voya August 2011) is recommended. Some may find the ending wraps up too neatly or that the Bell family is just too nice; others will enjoy the strong sense of family unity. The title is not indicative of what the story is about as the story is more about fitting in than reaching out. Sam is the main focus, but the tale is written so that each main character is seen through his or her own thoughts and actions. The adults have little influence or character buildup with the exception of Clarence. There is little dialogue between the Bell parents which makes both of their characters appear to be one-dimensional. This is definitely a book worth the read if you have the time. Reviewer: Juli Henley; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-19
Sam and Riddle are slowly adjusting to a newly stable environment, having found a home with the Bell family after narrowly escaping their murderous father's intents (I'll Be There, 2011).Though the boys are now separated from their father, this sequel explores the ongoing impact of the years of abuse. Twelve-year-old Riddle is largely illiterate, and 17-year-old Sam has had little formal schooling, leaving him uncertain about his future despite his intellect and musical talents. Fear of burdening their loved ones coupled with a strong desire to protect them makes the boys reluctant to share their concerns. Riddle hides his deep terror that his father will return, an event he believes is inevitable, while Sam conceals his anxieties about being labeled an academic failure. Consequently, miscommunications develop, most notably straining Sam's genuinely deep romantic connection with Emily Bell. Witnessing the unraveling of the strong emotional ties that were forged in the previous book is difficult. But when Sloan take something away, she replaces it, and several secondary characters who begin the story with less-than-admirable motivations are redeemed in the end, delivering an ultimately hopeful message about how friendships and families can form.Sure to be savored by fans of the first installment. (Fiction. 12-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316122818
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 198,085
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Goldberg Sloan is the author of the acclaimed I'll Be There and Counting by 7s, and has written and directed a number of successful family feature films. She was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spent her childhood living in California; the Netherlands; Istanbul; Washington, DC; and Oregon. The mother of two sons, Holly lives with her husband in Santa Monica, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Good, not amazing

    First, I LOVED the book I'll Be There. It is one of my all time favorite books. This book (as the sequal to I'll Be There) was not as amazing. I was sad that the author used themes that I had been glad weren't in the first book (like a love triangle). That being said, Sloane's writing was still fantastic and the ending was awesome (though not as good as the first books ending). I enjoyed getting to know my characters more, though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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